Bulletin 1– 2 May 2017

Welcome to the May edition of our bulletin – the first of a regular communication from the Boards

Please circulate this bulletin as widely as possible amongst your workforce and volunteers – and anywhere else it may be of interest.

The Manchester Safeguarding Boards (MSB) comprises the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) and the Manchester Safeguarding Children Boards (MSCB). The Boards share an Independent Chair, Julia Stephens-Row; and are supported by the MSB Business Unit.

Our bulletin includes news, events, training opportunities and links to information and resources which we hope will be of use to the multi-agency safeguarding workforce and the wider community across Manchester.

Please keep an eye on the news feeds on the home page of our website for the most up-to-date information: hsafe-guarding-refresh.cornerstone-dev.co.uk

We will be issuing bulletins on a regular basis throughout the year; and we are hoping to join the world of social media later this year and then be able to share information in a variety of ways.


MSB Priorities for 2017/18

Both Boards have recently held priority setting events into which children and young people and adults with care and support needs were able to input. The Boards’ Leadership and Executive groups are now working on formulating the strategic priorities for 2017/18 allowing for a joined up response to areas of commonality.

We will be holding a joint event in June to consider how we will implement these priorities and again will be inviting children and young people and adults with care and support needs to participate in our action planning.


Self-Assessment returns required

MSAB Assurance Statement
The annual MSAB Assurance Statement has been sent to MSAB Board members using the same format as last year and including an action plan template to be completed where actions have been identified for your service.

MSCB Section 11 Safeguarding Self-Assessment 2017 incorporating “Voice of the Child”
The annual MSCB Section 11 Safeguarding Self-Assessment has been sent to MSCB Board members using the same template as in 2016; plus an action plan template and incorporating a “Voice of the Child” self-assessment template.

The self-assessments and action plan MUST be returned to the MSB Business Unit by Friday 26 May. Following on from this there will be a peer challenge session during June or July.

If you have any queries regarding completion and submission of your Self-assessment please contact Jane Maguire at j.maguire@manchester.gov.uk or 0161 234 1531


Contributions to Annual Reports

Members of both Boards and their executive or leadership group will have received an email asking for contributions to the 2016/17 Annual Report.

In order that we can keep to the agreed timeline for both Reports agency contributions to the Annual Reports should be returned by email no later than the 26th June 2017 to Gail Stott at g.stott@manchester.gov.uk

Templates have been provided for contributions and a webpage version of the emails can be found at www.safe-guarding-refresh.cornerstone-dev.co.uk/self-assessments-and-annual-report-contributions/


If you have any queries regarding completion and submission of your Annual Report contributions, please contact:

•             MSAB – Ian Halliday at i.halliday@manchester.gov.uk or 0161 234 4166

•             MSCB – Julie Wilkes at j.wilkes@manchester.gov.uk or 0161 234 1332


Learning & Development

The development of the 2017/18 Training programme is in progress. A Quality Assurance process has also been agreed and will be launched later this year.

Some courses are being reviewed in keeping with the Signs of Safety ethos and will be added to the training programme later in the year (Introduction to Case Conferences and Core Groups, Neglect, Child and Young Persons Development). A series of briefings are being planned to launch the new Neglect Strategy.

New courses added to the programme:

  • Money Management for Homeless Young People (delivered by Young Enterprise)
  • Understanding Loss, Grief and Bereavement (delivered by Bereavement UK).

Our training website is being updated and due for relaunch shortly. All training courses will be impact evaluated three months after the training; therefore training certificates will only be available after impact evaluation surveys have been completed.

Our Online training offer continues to grow with over 70 adults and children`s safeguarding training courses available through our partner Virtual College for more information go to https://manchesterscb.virtual-college.co.uk/

Upcoming events
Money Management for Homeless Young People – Free Practitioner Training
A charity called Young Enterprise have been funded by Santander to provide free training aimed at practitioners who work with homeless or potentially homeless young people (under 25 years old). Two half day sessions on the 20th June 2017 are currently advertised on the MSCB training website training.manchesterscb.org.uk there are a maximum of 20 places per course.

Management of Allegations against Adults Who Work With Children – MANAGERS ONLY COURSE
This course is aimed at managers and leaders working in the children’s workforce who have responsibility for managing allegations against adults who work with children or nominated safeguarding leads. The course will be taking place at Fire Service Training Centre from 9:30am-11:30am on 9th May. To book a place please register or login on the MSB training website training.manchesterscb.org.uk there are 30 places available.

Information on managing allegations is also available on our website.


New Resources

MSB 7 Minute Briefings
The MSB have introduced ‘seven minute briefings’ to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff regarding a particular subject. The briefings will be shared on a regular basis, providing a mixture of new information or a reminder of basic information with challenge for teams to think about the application to practice within their teams.

We are aiming to add to these briefings on a regular basis; they can be downloaded from the MSB website www.safe-guarding-refresh.cornerstone-dev.co.uk
The first topics we have covered are:

  • What are 7 minute briefings?
  • Information Sharing
  • FGM – Mandatory reporting
  • Clare’s Law – Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

Do let us know what you think of these briefings and any topics you would like to see covered.

Leaflets and posters
With the development of our website we are uploading information leaflets and posters which we hope will be of use not only to our practitioners and volunteers; but also to children, young people and their families; adults with care and support needs and their families and carers; and the wider Manchester community including businesses.

Recent additions to the website can be found on the resources page and include:

  • Modern Slavery
  • Spice.


Policies & procedures

Assessing Capacity – MSB Capacity template
“Do you complete capacity assessments with adults or young people in your role? Are there times when you would like extra guidance on how to complete your documentation?”

The MSB capacity template has been revised and published on our website and it should provide you with all the guidance and support you need to properly document your capacity assessment. It provides a clear structure on which you can record your evidence and helpful guide at the back of the document that should help to answer the most commonly asked questions about the capacity test. In addition, we have produced an audit tool that can help you and your team to identify ways in which you can develop your practice in this important area. Find out more at www.safe-guarding-refresh.cornerstone-dev.co.uk/msb-capacity-template-audit/

New MSB FGM Practice Guidance
The MSB have published Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Practice Guidance which is informed by the statutory guidance on FGM and other relevant MSB and agency policies and procedures, such as an operational guide for practitioners, with pathways through services and referral criteria.

The MSB FGM Practice Guidance April 2017 should be read alongside the GMSP procedures link www.safe-guarding-refresh.cornerstone-dev.co.uk

MSCB Neglect Strategy 2017/20
A multi-agency group have been working together to develop a Neglect Strategy which has now been agreed by the Board and is published on our website 

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the screening and assessment tools practitioners will need to deliver this strategy – once these are we will launch the Strategy and arrange to deliver briefings on the Strategy and our approach to delivering it.

Manchester has a high number of children experiencing neglect at all levels of the Need and Response Framework. Research tells us Neglect can have a cumulative and pervasive impact on the development of children and young people and this is likely to have a long term impact on their wellbeing. It is vital that we understand why Manchester has such high levels of neglect and that we have a clear and consistent approach to addressing responding to it and measuring our impact.

To effectively safeguard children requires professionals to understand child development and poverty; and to be curious and inquisitive about children’s daily lived experience and the circumstances in which families live. There is a body of research that suggests there is a strong association between families’ socio-economic circumstances and the chances that their children will experience child abuse and neglect.

GM Safeguarding Procedures (Children’s) update
The next 6 monthly update of the Greater Manchester combined LSCB Safeguarding Procedures link will be live online on 2 June 2017. Straight after that, preparation will start for the next update which will take place in November; if you know of any multi-agency safeguarding procedures that need to be updated please contact Jane Maguire at j.maguire@manchester.gov.uk .


Information from the Boards

 Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS)
Great news!! Manchester Children’s Services and Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT) will go live at the end of May 2017 on the Child Protection – Information Sharing system. Pennine Acute Trust (PAT) is already live on the system and the University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) are putting plans in place to go live later this year.

Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) is a system that enables information to be shared securely on a daily basis between the local authority children’s services department and NHS Trusts across England. CP-IS connects local authority children’s social care systems with those used by NHS unscheduled health care settings, such as Accident and Emergency, ambulance services, walk-in centres and maternity units.

CP-IS ensures health and care professionals in unscheduled health settings are alerted if a child or unborn baby they are treating is subject to a child protection plan or looked after and provides contact details for the children’s social care team responsible for them.

Children’s social care teams are then alerted when a child or unborn subject to a child protection plan or in their care attends an unscheduled care setting.

CP-IS provides instant access to this information which means vulnerable children can be identified wherever they are cared for in England.

Findings from Serious Case Reviews tells us that sharing information effectively across health and care settings is vital in protecting vulnerable children and young people and preventing further harm.

For more information about CP-IS implementation in your service area please contact your Head of Safeguarding:

  • Manchester Children’s Services – Linda Evans (Head of Quality Assurance for Safeguarding) L.Evans1@manchester.gov.uk
  • CMFT – Bridget Thomas (Head of Safeguarding) Bridget.Thomas@cmft.nhs.uk
  • UHSM – Deborah Ward (Head of Nursing – Safeguarding) deborah.ward.uhsm.nhs.uk

You can also find more information about the CP-IS service at https://digital.nhs.uk/child-protection-information-sharing

Manchester Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is a multi-professional group that reviews the deaths of children who are normally resident in the city and ensures there is a coordinated response by relevant organisations to an unexpected death of a child. The CDOP reviews all child deaths aged 0 – 17 years (excluding stillbirths and legal terminations of pregnancy) with the aim of reducing infant mortality across the borough and supporting local and national campaigns.

Child Safety Week
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) Child Safety Week will be held 5th June – 11th June 2017. CAPT aims to raise awareness of the accidents that seriously injure or kill children and how to prevent them. The emphasis is on helping families make informed decisions about safety and to provide a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events to promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way.

For more information please visit www.childsafetyweek.org.uk where you can download the 2017 Child Safety Week Action Pack, full of information for parents, activity ideas, hints and tips.

Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. You can contact the national helpline if you wish to talk to a Bereavement Support and Information team member who will provide guidance specific to your circumstances. The team is available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. You can call 0800 028 8840 or 01494 568 900 or email support@childbereavementuk.org

Information and all contact details are available on the website childbereavementuk.org


Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement

Multi-agency case file audits
The last MSCB multi-agency case file audit was on the theme of Child Protection plans and Core Groups. The final report was presented to the Board in February and circulated to the wider workforce in March.

The current MSCB multi-agency case file audit is on the theme of Child in Need and the final report is likely to be presented to the Board in May and circulated to the workforce after that.

The next multi-agency case file audit report to be presented at the Board after May is on the theme of Domestic Violence and Abuse. This is a joint audit which is ongoing at the moment and the final report will combine the findings of both the MSCB and MSAB audit teams.

Thanks as always to the multi-agency audit team members who support this important quality assurance function of both Safeguarding Boards.

For further information about any of the above items including copies of past multi-agency audit reports please contact the MSB Policy & Performance / Quality Assurance Officer: Jane Maguire, email j.maguire@manchester.gov.uk or tele 0161 234 1531


Updates from recent Board meetings

MSAB – March
The MSAB held a priority setting event on 14 March which was attended by over 50 people. Board partners gave presentations on the big issues they were facing and the implications from a safeguarding perspective; and the priorities from an organisation and citizen perspective. There were service users in attendance from the Learning Disability Partnership, the Deaf Centre and the Afro Caribbean centre and it was very important to listen and to respond to their issues. The issues that were raised included the importance of people feeling safe in their homes and being able to access public transport and “feeling that agencies always understand my needs”. It was considered that the Board should do more to really challenge services and make them more accountable.

There were comments made that during the changes which are being faced by services it was important to keep safeguarding at the heart of what is delivered. The need for continued training and joining up of processes and procedures; the opportunities for neighbourhood working; and thinking “whole family” were emerging themes. Areas of concern included housing and homelessness; mental health and capacity; domestic violence and abuse; drugs and alcohol; and the increasing complexity of care. Underpinning all of this was the importance of engaging and working alongside service users.

The Board met in the afternoon and had very useful presentations on the way GMP and partners are responding to mental health; the integration of health and social care, which featured a safeguarding example whereby the district nurse and the social worker were able to work very closely to respond to financial abuse of an elderly man with dementia by a neighbour; an update on relevant activity of the work of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum; and a wide ranging discussion on the various transition points for children moving into adult services not just within MCC. The conclusion of this discussion was the need for a piece of work across the Community Safety Partnership, the Children’s Board, both Safeguarding Boards and the Health and Wellbeing Board which will be co-ordinated by the Independent Chair. The Board also agreed to move its meetings from quarterly to bi-monthly.

MSCB – February & March
The MSCB met on 9th February with a very good attendance; main items on the agenda included:

  • A discussion on how partners were going to act on the recommendations within a critical incident report following the suicide of a 16 year old young man, where it had been identified that different approaches need to be taken where services are not taken up by a child or their family who also maybe displaying challenging behaviours; and ensuring that professionals have sufficient time for reflection.
  • An agreement to implement a new referral form for social services intervention to ensure that Early Help work has been captured and / or used, if appropriate, prior to a referral in an attempt to decrease the number of referrals which when investigated result in no further action https://www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/request-early-help-support-form/
  • An update from the Children’s Board which had also had a positive report on the impact of Early Help.
  • A joint report from GMP and CMFT on attendance at Child Protection Conferences and strategy meetings. GMP advised of a new approach and additional resources, including the use of video conferencing to improve police engagement. CMFT, whilst impacted by the change to school nursing contract and some issues with invites and data recording, have put in place mechanisms to improve and prioritise attendance. The discussion at the Board highlighted the need for other health trusts who deliver community services to look at their attendance in the same way.

Board priority setting was also discussed and a separate event was held in April. This was informed by consultation with children, young people, families and carers; evidence from organisations; and liaison with other partnership boards to ensure that there is no duplication.

The MSCB also met on 22nd March when a SCR was considered, although its publication will not take place until after the trial; the draft Neglect Strategy was approved and will be launched once the tools for practitioners have been agreed; the revised Our City Our Say participation strategy was presented; and updates from the leadership group and the subgroups which actively support the work of the board were considered.


Useful information and links

DoLS and Mental Capacity Act – DoLS Law Change
The Policing and Crime Act 2017 amends the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 with the effect of relieving coroners of the current duty to undertake an inquest into every death where the deceased was subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) authorisation.

Changes came into effect on 3 April 2017. Commencement Regulations can be found at www.legislation.gov.uk

What makes a good ‘front-door’ service that fully protects children?
This Ofsted Social Care Commentary provides advice on analysis, sharing information, risk and multi-agency discussions at the front door and can be found at www.gov.uk/social-care-monthly-commentary-march-2017

Local Authority Children’s Services Inspections
Ofsted has set out its future plans for the inspection of local authority children’s services. These plans will be subject to piloting over the coming months, ready for implementation at the beginning of next year. For more information visit www.gov.uk/future-of-social-care-inspection


Contact us:

The Business Unit are available Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm on 0161 234 3330

Email: manchestersafeguardingboards@manchester.gov.uk

Web: www.safe-guarding-refresh.cornerstone-dev.co.uk




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